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Non-standard letters of recommendation [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 08:45
Anyone here have experience with letters of recommendation that do not follow the standard that schools require? For example... if I want a politician I'm acquainted with to write one, or perhaps the CEO of my company; in each case they don't know me well enough or have the time to fill out the form provided by the school. However would it help if they write a letter vouching for my character/reputation? The people that I would ask to do this are famous.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 13:46
I don't have experience with non standard letters, however, let me share advice on getting letter from CEOs, politicians, etc.

Don't get a recommendation from someone who has not worked closely with you for some time. Getting a recommendation from a prominent figure won't actually work unless they have some specific examples of your work / attitudes / accomplishments, etc. to include.

I'd rather have a recommendation from a lowly boss that praises my performance and potential than a "Umm, yeah, the guy is solid...I think...well Mikey said so" from a CEO.

On the other hand, a letter from a CEO might make sense if he/she writes sth like: "X has been selected by our company as one of our top junior employees (top 10 out of 25,000 worldwide). He has been put into our special hotshot program and he'll be getting full sponsorship and a Manager / Director / VP / whatever position upon earning his MBA".

Hope it helps. L.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 14:08
lepium wrote:
I don't have experience with non standard letters, however, let me share advice on getting letter from CEOs, politicians, etc.

Don't get a recommendation from someone who has not worked closely with you for some time. Getting a recommendation from a prominent figure won't actually work unless they have some specific examples of your work / attitudes / accomplishments, etc. to include.

I'd rather have a recommendation from a lowly boss that praises my performance and potential than a "Umm, yeah, the guy is solid...I think...well Mikey said so" from a CEO.

On the other hand, a letter from a CEO might make sense if he/she writes sth like: "X has been selected by our company as one of our top junior employees (top 10 out of 25,000 worldwide). He has been put into our special hotshot program and he'll be getting full sponsorship and a Manager / Director / VP / whatever position upon earning his MBA".

Hope it helps. L.


I totally agree with Lepium. If the person does not know you well DO NOT get a recommendation from him/her. Its more valuable to get a recommendation from someone who knows you well and have enough examples to back up their claims than from a person of high stature.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 14:24
Most business schools specifically state that they want recommendations from people that have supervised your work directly. In fact, many give examples of CEOs or politicians as people who's recommendations will not be helpful.
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